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Outfit 8.10.10: eighties fifties dress

8.10.10: eighties fifties dress



new shoesies

This is the dress I mentioned when I was interviewed on Retro Chick, six weeks ago now! I was saving it up for Friday night and two of my friends’ birthday celebrations. I love the patchwork design and the ‘I like you America’ print, I wonder where it came from. I’m pretty sure the dress is from the eighties (it wasn’t expesive, but there are no labels so I actually have no idea. I wore my crinoline under it. The overall effect is a bit like those Japanese Lolita girls, don’t you think? Though not as costumey.

Also, apologies for the rubbish photo. I didn’t get ready until after it got dark, which is aboput 6p.m. now. I thought I could photoshop this up properly, but I should have just bitten the bullet and switched on the flash. You live and learn I suppose.

dress – Dolly Mix vintage shop in Leicester, I love that place!
crinoline (not seen) – etsy
shoesies – clarks
bag (annoyingly also not seen) charity shop

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  • Melissa 14 October 2010, 3:22 pm

    You look so super cute! I love that silhouette on you.

  • tricia 14 October 2010, 3:32 pm

    i'm wondering if maybe the dress is late 70s….maybe it has some connection to the bicentennial? that was '76. plus that faux patchwork print pretty much screams 1970s. to me anyway!

  • Bad Taste Toast 14 October 2010, 3:54 pm

    Oooh this dress is gorgeous Franca! Such a fun print with the apples and I like you America 🙂
    I also love your colourful beclothes!

  • Alli 14 October 2010, 5:11 pm

    What a fab dress! You look great – I like the artwork on your wall, too!

  • Anna 14 October 2010, 6:17 pm

    That print is adorable! The "I like you America" part is so interesting. I would be really curious to find out where it came from.
    Also, I LOVE your bedspread! I was just on the Orla Kiely website drooling over prints like that.

  • Lemondrop Marie 14 October 2010, 6:35 pm

    Love that shape and the pattern, so sweet.
    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

  • Shallow Mallow 14 October 2010, 8:16 pm

    hehe how could you not love America! Cute as anything 🙂

    Hmm.. I am gettinbg more and more tempted with a crinoline myself. I keep looking at them online and being indecisive.

  • Sidewalk Chalk 14 October 2010, 9:03 pm

    The photo is nice! You look like a work of art in that dress — what a fun print! The crinoline is a nice touch.


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  • Little Monarch 15 October 2010, 12:24 am

    ahahah I love that it says I love you america.

  • Between Laundry Days 15 October 2010, 12:39 am

    Love this! Such a fantastic print.

  • Nubiasnonsense 15 October 2010, 12:47 am

    Very cute dress! I love the patches

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  • northwest is best 15 October 2010, 8:13 am

    Eeek! What a cool dress. I'd guess it's eighties too, maybe hand made if there's no labels? Anyway, it really suits you. Hope you had a fun night!

  • Franca 15 October 2010, 8:16 am

    tricia- now that I look at it, the fabric does look very seventies! I thought it was probably 80s because it's a 50s shape and you get a lot of 80s 50s style stuff. And the price, I've found that most vintage shops start marking up everything 70s and older, and this was nice and reasonable. I actually checked again last night, and I now think that the dress was probably handmade, so it could be virtually any age. Either way, I love it!

  • sacramento 15 October 2010, 9:54 am

    Love the dress, beautiful colours that go so well with your skin.
    It could be 50s or 80s, I do not know, but ist is so wonderful, who cares????????????.
    Did you know that you still have the WORD VERIFICATION???

  • tricia 15 October 2010, 11:19 am

    oh, no argument/criticism, it's a very cute dress! i'm just a geek for that kind of stuff, dating things/trying to figure out when they were made and why. ;P

    in the US we were pretty obsessed with the 50s in the 1970s, in a pop culture sort of way. example: films like "grease" and "american graffiti", for starters.

    now that i think about it some, it's kind of interesting how influences from the past merge with current cultural trends…in many if not all of the past decades. i can see the 1930s being a big influence in the 1970s as well…just like say, the 70s, 80s and 90s are to fashion (etc.) today.

    anyway, sorry for the diversion. 😛

  • Retro Chick 15 October 2010, 12:16 pm

    Oooh, that's lovely! It really suits you, I love the shape.

  • Amber 16 October 2010, 11:01 am

    I absolutely adore the "I like you, America!" bit: for some reason that just really tickles me 🙂 Love the shape and print, too, of course – it's so different, and the yellow tights work so well with it!

  • Pull Your Socks Up! 16 October 2010, 12:53 pm

    I had a dress like that with a similar patchwork-style print when I was a 70s child. If I could find another one (like yours!) I would snaffle it up and wear it constantly!

  • Katie 19 October 2010, 9:54 am

    What an amazing dress! That print is something incredibly special – I'm not surprised you were looking forward to wearing it.